The Howard County Indoor Track and Field championships were officially canceled Monday after the event was originally rescheduled for Feb. 8.
"The timing seemed odd to me when they announced the Feb. 8 make up date, but I assumed that with so few indoor venues — and only the PG sports plex with jumping — that this date would have worked out. It's too bad it didn't," said River Hill coach Paul Hugus. "While I know some of the kids will be upset, I'm surprised that I haven't seen more meets canceled in the past. This is part of what happens during the indoor track season."
Counties were postponed from its original date of Jan. 25 because of Winter Storm Jonas. The rescheduling date of Feb. 8 fell in between regionals on Feb. 1 and Feb 2, and states on Feb. 15 and 16. However, according to a state ruling, athletes cannot compete in another meet after regionals are held.
"It is very disappointing that the kids don't get to compete," said Centennial coach Kevin McCoy. "Of course everyone gets excited for the county championships. But there is a state rule that prohibits kids from competing in any meets after the region championships. And since our make up day was after regions we could not run it."
It is the first time McCoy could remember that the Indoor Track and Field county championships will not be held, and due to the cancelation it ends a lot of seasons for athletes whose times did not qualify for the region and state meets.
"It is really hard for all of them," McCoy said. We don't get the chance to run fast times before our region meets where we need them to get into the meet since only the top 24 kids in each event (qualify). So for some of our kids they are now done for the season. I have a lot that come back, but there are a few that are close that may not make it and will not be back in the spring (outdoor track and field season)."
With counties not happening, teams are gearing up for regionals, which will be held at the Prince George's Sports and Learning complex.
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"It is very unfortunate that we can't run, but the show goes on and we get ready for our region meets," McCoy added.